Monday, January 31, 2011

Naming

I think naming something is something to be thougt about. I have never been one to just name something because I couldn't tink of something good (like an old friend I used to have.. She usually named male pets Moe just because she couldn't think of anything better). I also try not to name things based on trend (you'll never see a Bella in this house) or anything too cutesy. I have Gideon, Colt, Bambi (i didn't name her, she was named that by the adoption place & Charlie kept it), Chef (the fat black hamster that lives at my brother's), and the fish, Adam, Bingo, & Chomper. So, my new baby needed a good name. Nothing suited her, thoug. We wanted something along the lines of hunting since she's a Dachshund & will hopefully make a good squirrel dog. Adolfina? Cabela? Benelli? Luger? But last night I came up with her name & Charlie approves... Scout. Maybe not the most original since I've met a Scout or two at the vet clinic, but it's rare enoug & so fitting. She is named, so is really a part of the family now.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

New Knitting & New Puppy

I frogged the red socks. Just wasn't fun anymore. I cast on for the Chiton Pullover in the winter/spring Knitscene. I'm using Knit Picks Shadow lace held tripled.


My new puppy! She's a dappled red and white female Dachshund, born 17 Dec. I normally don't care much for an odd-eyed dog, but she's cute. Haven't decided on a name yet; Charlie and I are thinking on it.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'm On a Roll


I finished both pairs of socks in the early morning of 25 January! So nice. I'm not wearing my pair until I get to Texas on my visit with Charlie. I tried to get a shot of the boyfriends on my feet, but they were way to long and didn't show the pattern off well, so it's on my hand instead.

I'm back to work on the My Vampire Boyfriend socks. I like how they're going so far.

I cast on for a Ruffledy scarf with the Studio June Bamboo-la-la I got in Michigan. I didn't want this special yarn in my shoes.

Gideon in his little nest. There's a dog bed under all the comforter somewhere.

Monday, January 24, 2011

FOs

I made 2 kitty ass mats for the cat crates with Lionbrand Homespun (Tudor colorway). Quick little crochet project and the cats like them. Colt looks so spooked because Bambi was on top of the crate swatting at him. I'm taking the little furry family with me to Texas for Charlie's birthday and 15 hours (one way!) is a long time to sit in a hard plastic crate, so these mats should be appreciated.

I just whipped up this ugly mitt. I play the online game, Fallen Earth, a lot. Sometimes for 6 hours straight. That puts a lot of strain on my left hand (the hand the controls character movement)... laptops are hard! So, I made this puffy mitt to cushion the place where wrist meets hand. It works.

Friday, January 21, 2011

FO!




Made this baby in one day. I haven't crocheted in a while and forgot how quick and gratifying it is!

Scarf

I tend to under-value scarves. I see them as being too simple of a project to be worthy of nice yarn. Pretty dumb, huh? I've now realized that they can be the perfect way to showcase nice yarn. This is the Tulips scarf (I made 3 a few years ago for the neighbor girls) in my recently spun Creatively Dyed Seawool singles. I wanted a lot of texture in the scarf, so I didn't wash the spun yarn, leaving a lot of energy in the singles. I LOVE how it's turning out. It's about 1/4 of the way done and I'll show off the FO in another post (with closeups of the lovely texture).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Bambi's Birthday Hoodie


I started on Bambi's birthday hoodie the other day and finished it today! I modded the pattern a little for a better fit. She isn't thrilled, but I like it.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I Heart Socks (and Bambi)

I finished sock one of the plain vanillas for Year of Stash Socks January. Second is already cast on for.

Progress on the second boyfriend sock. Almost finished with the toe increases.


A kitty hoodie for Bambi's birthday! Caron Simply Soft, Watermelon colorway (actually much brighter pink than the pic shows).

Kitty to go in said sweater :-)

Friday, January 14, 2011

First Sock Finished!


I just finished sock one of Charlie's second pair of birthday socks!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Just An Update

This is one of my Christmas gifts from Charlie. A hippo Chia Pet! I just started him up, so hopefully I'll have some green things growing soon. I love hippos and was telling coworkers I wanted a Chia pet just before Christmas. He must have read my mind.

He also got me Left 4 Dead 2 for pc and I LOVE IT. I played it for the first time yesterday night and I'm hooked. Only thing is, my graphics card isn't good enough or something and I can't see the special infected, so I get hurt and die a lot right now. Hopefully we can find a remedy for that soon so I can really get into playing. My final gift has yet to be received... my love got me a nice locket necklace (LOVE LOVE LOVE), but it never shipped and he never got it. Good news, though, is he called them up and they overnighted it to his dad's house in Michigan for no charge. So, I'll be getting it when I go visit Charlie in February. I can't wait to get it; that's such a special gift to me.

Progress on the YOSS plain vanillas. They look big... I cast on 60 sts, but maybe that's too many for a stockinette sock. We'll see. If they are slouchy, they'll just be pretty around the house comfy socks. Much loved either way.

Charlie's birthday socks are coming along nicely. Working on the leg. I'll probably go a good 5 inches in pattern, then a 2 inch or so ribbed cuff. Or, I may tire of it before then. We'll see.

This is a super silly super cute Valentine's Day gift for Charlie. It's a lovebug! That's what I call him, so I had to buy this little guy when I saw it. It has a zipper to put goodies inside and his little lovebug legs hold stuff. I printed a picture of us for him to hold. Kinda silly for a 22yo male in the Army, but he's such my lovebug and I don't care :-)
His birthday is the 17th and I'll be in Texas for a visit from the 17th to the 21st, so it'll be a birthday/Valentine's Day/Bambi's birthday celebration (Gideon, Colt, and Bambi will be coming along and Bambi's birthday is the 14th). I wasn't going to get Charlie any pressies since I went all out for Christmas, but who am I kidding? I really want to get him a new .22 rifle (the Ruger 10/22), but we'll see if it's in the budget. It'll cost enough just getting out to Texas and a hotel for so many days. I did order him a little something from etsy, a really cool hard wallet/cigarette case (with a built-in lighter!) that has the Resident Evil Umbrella Corp logo on it. He doesn't smoke, but it was just too cool to pass up and he can use it as a wallet instead. And, we're soldiers, so the lighter can be handy for those tough survival situations, right? lol

Colt investigating the camera. I love kitty noses.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Socks Socks Socks

I think 2011 is going to be a year for socks. I have 3 pairs otn right now, though the Vampire Boyfriends are on hold until I finish the other 2. I think it'll be a pair for February (more fitting anyway since it'll be love month and all).

I had drill this weekend and got started on my interstate transfer to Michigan! I won't be moving for another 8 months, but I wanted to get the ball rolling so that it'll be a smooth transition and finding a unit up there that needs a medic won't be a problem. Charlie is working on finding me a recruiter up there to get in touch with.

I'm making good progress on Charlie's second (and final) pair of birthday socks. I'm really loving this pattern though it's tough on the hands on size 0 needles! I'm actually a full repeat farther along than this pic shows... it was taken a few days ago. I'm about ready to start on the heel. This is my second pair of toe-up socks and I do like the construction, though I think I might prefer top-down unless I'm trying to use up every last bit of a skein.

These are my plain vanilla socks for the Year of Stash Socks group on Ravelry. These are my January pair. I'm using the ShibuiKnits Sock from Denise (Ho Ho Ho Christmas 2010 Swap). I'm loving the yarn and the pattern (stockinette on size 2 needles) offers a nice break from Charlie's socks when my hands can't take it anymore!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

First FO of 2011

I finished Charlie's first pair of birthday socks early this morning! Took me a week to finish the first one and only 2 days to finish the second. Quick and easy pattern and I hope he loves it.

I cast on for his second pair today... Boyfriend Socks in Knit Picks Stroll (Ash colorway). This is a little harder on the hands than the first pair (size 0 needles vs size 2 needles), but it's fun.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

New Year

This is going to be my lucky year. 11 is my lucky number, it's the year of the rabbit (the luckiest of all signs), and I'm moving in my with baby later. It has to be my lucky year.

Resolutions... Be smarter with my money. I need to pay off some stuff and really save a lot for my big move. Knit more. I really want to get several sweaters and a bunch of pairs of socks done in 2011.